The Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto (Institut d'études pédagogiques de l'Ontario de l'Université de Toronto) is recognized around the world as a leader in initial and continuing teacher education, graduate programs in education and education research. OISE is the largest and most research-intensive faculty of education in Canada, and one of the largest in North America. Guided by our commitment to equity and social justice, and mindful of our special responsibility to lead, we will enhance our impact as we continue to shape how the world thinks and goes about education.
What We Do
It is universally accepted that education and learning are the keys to addressing the biggest challenges we face as a society, and are at the root of a prosperous, healthy and equitable future. Through international leadership in teacher education, continuing and professional learning, graduate studies in education, research in education, and an intensely practical understanding of the mechanisms by which people learn, OISE opens doors for individuals, communities and for society.
An intellectually rich and supportive community, guided by the highest standards of scholarship and a commitment to equity and social justice, we examine major issues in education, human development and professional practice considering: what they are now and what they might be. We answer the critical questions that are translated into actions and brought to life by the thousands of teachers, researchers, professionals, policy makers, leaders and influencers who are part of our community world-wide. To that end, we:
- Generate new knowledge through research
- Prepare academic and professional leaders in education, applied psychology, leadership and community development
- Provide ongoing professional learning opportunities
- Contribute to public debate and policy
- Work with communities and partner organizations in support of their goals
- Consult and conduct commissioned research consistent with our mission and vision
Research & Faculty
- OISE is the largest and most research-intensive faculty of education in Canada where faculty study learning from birth through adulthood.
- In 2012-13, OISE graduate students were awarded over $2.7 M in external research scholarships.
- Since 2004, OISE faculty members have published more then 350 books and 1,750 refereed journal articles.
- $8.8 M in total research funding.
International Recognition and Rankings
- According to the QS World University Rankings by subject, U of T (and OISE) is the World's 14th best-performing university in Education.
- In 2013, the prestigious Shanghai Jiao Tong University’s Academic Ranking of World Universities put U of T first in Canada and 28th in the world.
- As part of the University of Toronto, OISE shares in The Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2013-2014, which measures the institutional excellence of the world’s top 400 universities in research, teaching and knowledge transfer, lists the University of Toronto as the top university in Canada and 20th in the world.
- OISE is the first and only Canadian faculty of education to receive the Wisniewski Award (2009), which recognizes “singularly significant contributions to the theory and practice of teacher education”. Outside of the United States, we are the first university in the world to receive this international award.
- Robert Bateman (OCE), Wildlife artist and naturalist; Order of Canada, Governor General's Award for Conservation; Member of Honour Award - World Wildlife Fund (1985)
- Chad Gaffield (PhD), current President & Council Member, Social Sciences & Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC)
- Avis Glaze (EdD), University of Toronto Honorary Doctorate, 2012, Ontario Education Commissioner and Chief Student Achievement Officer of Ontario & CEO, The Literacy & Numeracy Secretariat; Founder, Edu-quest International Inc.
- Veronica Lacey (MEd), former President & Council Member, Social Sciences & Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC); former CEO, The Learning Partnership
- Carlana Lindeman (EdD), Education Program Director, The Martin Aboriginal Education Initiative and former Education Officer and Regional Director, Ontario Ministry of Education
- Akela Peoples (MEd), President, The Learning Partnership; and, Co-founder, President & CEO of Youth in Motion and Canada's Top 20 under 20
- Donna Quan (MEd), Acting Director of Education, Toronto District School Board
- Yijun Song (MT; EdD), Commercial Counsellor, Canadian Embassy in Beijing
- Michael Salvatori (PhD), Registrar, Ontario College of Teachers
Kathleen Wynne (MEd), MPP, (Don Valley West), Premier of Ontario, former Minister of Transportation, & former Minister of Education for Ontario